The Detroit Tigers couldn't get anything going offensively after the first inning. Max Scherzer made sure the Oakland Athletics never got started.

The Tigers scored three runs in the first inning Friday night and Scherzer turned in an outstanding performance as the Tigers held on for a 3-2 victory over the A's in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

Scherzer struck out 11 and allowed just three hits in seven innings. He walked two.

The Tigers scored two runs off A's ace Bartolo Colon by the time the game was four batters old then tacked on another run in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila had RBI singles in the inning.

Scherzer demonstrated why he's the favorite to win the AL Cy Young Award this season by dominating the A's early on. The A's hit one ball out of the infield through four innings. That ball resulted in a triple by Yoenis Cespedes the only hit allowed by Scherzer through the first six innings.

After Brandon Moss reached on an infield single -- the second hit of the game off Scherzer -- to start the seventh Cespedes crushed a 95-mph fastball from Scherzer for a two-run home run to left field to cut his team's deficit to 3-2.

The sellout crowd of 48401 lost its collective mind at that point as Tigers manager Jim Leyland made a quick visit to the mound but left Scherzer in the game. Scherzer retired the next three batters he faced before giving way to the bullpen to start the eighth inning.

Colon didn't seem to be himself in the first inning and the Tigers took advantage of it. They were fortunate to do so since Colon settled down and held them scoreless in his final five innings of work. Colon allowed 10 hits struck out four and did not issue a walk in six innings.

The Tigers got their final run of the first inning on a ball that could have been fielded by first baseman Daric Barton which gave the Tigers a extra run and a 3-0 lead.